One sibling, I will name him “Jim,” as soon as requested me, “Do you write something apart from tales about cows?”
Certain. There’s wastewater remedy crops, soil well being, authorities spending, enterprise options and information, and, in fact, hog feedlots. Oh, and for the final 12 months there’s the assorted angles of how COVID-19 has impacted our lives.
Recently there’s been a brand new theme within the combine: jail development.
Manner down South
Final week there was a scarcity of bylines from me. I spent six days in Texas serving to take care of my dad and mom’ property, particularly cleansing out my late mother’s townhouse so it may be bought. When you have been in search of a deal on furnishings, you missed it final week in Austin – the model manner down South, not the one on Interstate 90 with which we’re all acquainted.
Since I have been again, I have been speaking to folks out and in of Fillmore County about their choice – coming later this summer season – to construct a brand new jail, or not.
The Minnesota Division of Corrections has downgraded the jail to a 90-day facility, and the oldsters in Fillmore County would love a plan in place earlier than the state does to them what it has performed to neighboring Winona County, which is to slap a “sundown” date on the county jail, basically forcing the county to do one thing and do it quick.
Fillmore County Sheriff John DeGeorge has undertaken a barnstorming tour of the county, updating metropolis councils and speaking to service organizations.
‘Til the cows come house
To not be outdone, on Friday the choose who dominated within the Daley Farm v. Winona County case is holding a listening to to reply a number of questions concerning the case for the events concerned. As soon as that is performed, I would think about the Winona County commissioners who will not discuss something associated to dairies or animal unit caps will probably be free to lastly cease saying, “Resulting from pending litigation, I have been suggested by the county lawyer . . .” and so they would possibly begin answering some questions.
Not that I am dying to cowl extra cow tales.
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The truth is, different plans are being formulated by me. I’ve an entire new matter (probably not new, however one thing that hasn’t consumed my time) I am planning to delve into in the course of the coming months.
And that, I would say, is among the finest elements of this job. Whereas there are points which are common – a well mannered phrase for repetitive – there are additionally subjects which are underserved. However as a reporter, we are able to say, “Hey, I feel there are fascinating tales to inform there.”
That is what I plan to do with the subject of immigration within the coming months.
Why? Properly, immigration is a common matter. Discover a place on Earth and outdoors the 2 poles you will discover a place that is been impacted by immigration (both coming or going). So I am hoping to inform a few of these tales.
Regional Reporter Brian Todd covers Goodhue, Wabasha, Winona and Houston counties together with some cities in Olmsted County. Within the After Deadline column each Thursday, he shares behind-the-scenes tales from the newsroom.